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Art and Design

Course Details:

Exam Board and specification code:

AQA 7201

Course Co-ordinator:

Mrs S Fawcett

Video introduction:

What is this course about?

You are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. You will have the opportunity to explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales with work presented in sketchbooks and journals.

You will study a wide range of art, craft and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. You must then select and study others’ work and relate it to your own demonstrating a good critical understanding.

Practical work should demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the subject whilst being both creative and individual.

Course Content

Year 1

Year 2

At the beginning of the course you will undertake a diagnostic period in which you are taught a series of new techniques and processes.


These include:


Drawing techniques

– gestural drawing, drawing on the right hand side of the brain, tonal shading and mark-making techniques.


Painting techniques

– wet on wet, watercolour, acrylic painting, working on textured surfaces


Printmaking techniques

– mono printing, linocuts, etching


Photo editing techniques

– colour popping, layers, changing colour levels



– using the potters wheel, slab built pottery



– Batik, reverse applique. 


You will learn about these techniques and then have the opportunity to experiment with the techniques to show your investigations. All work will be presented in appropriate forms including sketchbooks, journals etc.

Personal Investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.


For this unit of work, you have the opportunity to select your own topic and line of enquiry. You are required to conduct a practical investigation supported by up to 3000 words.

The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your ability to produce practical pieces of work from an initial starting point to a final Outcome.


Externally set Assignment

You will be given 8 questions to be used as a starting point of which you select 1. You then produce practical work in preparation for the 15 hour controlled exam in which you produce an outcome that shows your skills and links to the rest of your preparatory work.


You will be expected to carefully select, organise and present all your work using sketchbooks or mounted sheets to ensure that you provide evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives ready for marking.


All work is internally assessed, and then externally moderated by AQA. 60% of the marks are awarded for the Personal Investigation (coursework) and 40% for the Externally set assignment.

What might this course lead on to?

Studying A-level Art & Design will open a wide range of career opportunities to you. As currently the leading field of employment within the UK art and design jobs include; animator, architect, graphic designer, web designer, fashion designer, interior designer, photographer, window dresser, set designer, ceramicist to name but a few.

Entry Requirements:

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design.